guess guns were torturous enough….
After a spate of police killings of black men this week, a possible hate crime has surfaced in Atlanta.
Early Thursday morning, a black man was found hanging from a tree in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. While police said the man’s death looked to be consistent with suicide, no official autopsy has been conducted. Social media is claiming that the young man’s death came on the heels of Ku Klux Klan members passing out recruitment flyers in the park just the day before, a claim that has not yet been verified, and expressed skepticism at the implication of a suicide without a full investigation.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office found no immediate evidence of foul play in the man’s death. However, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has referred the investigation to the FBI and says he won’t “prejudge the circumstances surrounding this young man’s death.” The victim’s name has not yet been released.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a young man’s life last night in Piedmont Park. This disturbing event demands our full attention. The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is conducting a robust investigation into his death and I have asked to receive regular briefings on the status of the investigation,” Mayor Reed said in a public statement. “We ask for the public’s support and cooperation as we work to resolve this matter.”
In 2011, Atlanta began installing thousands of surveillance cameras in public areas, including Piedmont Park. As of this writing, no video footage has been released.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new details emerge.